Someone who drives their vehicle into a pedestrian probably feels shock, alarm and panic immediately after the incident occurs. All those emotions are understandable when someone is responsible for another person being hit by a car. What is not so easy to understand, however, is how someone could leave the scene before ensuring help is available.
Officials recently discovered the body of a 23-year-old woman on a California highway. Upon investigation, police realized the person responsible had left the scene. He was reportedly found not far from where the accident occurred.
Officers received a phone call from a gas station located close to where the fatal accident took place. The caller said there was a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot with visible damage and a smoking engine. When law enforcement officials looked into it, they found a damaged truck and three men allegedly attempting to clean its front end. The truck's driver was then arrested.
The 51-year-old man is now facing hit-and-run charges. He might not have been cited if he hadn't left the scene of the accident, according to police. They said that although panic could be understandable, it is against the law to leave after the accident takes place.
Police say they must now inform the family of the woman who was hit by a car that their loved one has died. They will undoubtedly be filled with shock and sorrow at the news. They retain the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in a California civil court. A successfully litigated claim cannot turn back time and erase what happened, but it could provide the compensation needed to deal with this tragic event. Nevertheless, the family will have to prove that the collision with their loved one was caused by the negligence of another party, presumably the truck driver.
Source: KFSN TV Fresno, "Young woman dies in hit-run crash on Highway 99", Linda Mumma, Gene Haagenson, Amanda Venegas & Gaby Rodriguez, April 23, 2014